Xbox Series X Specs and Gameplay Finally Revealed

Microsoft has finally released the full details of their upcoming console, the Xbox Series X, with full details and even gameplay of certain titles such as Minecraft and Gears 5. When you hear the name Minecraft, almost always you think of the voxel-based world that we’ve all come to love, or at least hear about. From bright lighting to an endless supply of materials to shape the world around with your hand, as you wish. With Ray Tracing, the entire game looks different. One could even say that it breathes life back into Minecraft, and gives you an idea of what to expect on other titles.

With the gaming world in anticipation for brand new information on the new Xbox and Playstation consoles, and of course, everyone at the edge of their seats to compare the Next Gen Consoles to the Current Gen, we’ve facilitated this process by providing a chart below. The only thing that has this writer curious is how the new Xbox Series X will compare with the Playstation 5. Though there have been rumors and speculations around the web about more than one console releasing on the same day, and truly pushing the limit of what console gaming can do, one might wonder if this will be the end of console gaming as we know it. Will cloud gaming be next? I suppose we’ll see in 7-8 years.

Console Comparison Chart
Xbox Series XXbox One XXbox One S
CPU8x Zen 2 Cores at 3.8GHz (3.6GHz with SMT)8x Custom Jaguar Cores at 2.13GHz8x Custom Jaguar Cores at 1.75GHz
GPU12 TFLOPs, 52 CUs at 1.825GHz, Custom RDNA 26 TFLOPs, 40 CUs at 1.172GHz, Custom GCN + Polaris Features1.4 TFLOPS, 12 CUs at 914MHz, Custom GCN GPU
Die Size360.45mm2366.94mm2227.1mm2
ProcessTSMC 7nm EnhancedTSMC 16nmFF+TSMC 16nmFF
Memory Bandwidth10GB at 560GB/s, 6GB at 336GB/s326GB/s68GB/s, ESRAM at 219GB/s
Internal Storage1TB Custom NVMe SSD1TB HDD1TB HDD
IO Throughput2.4GB/s (Raw), 4.8GB/s (Compressed)120MB/s120MB/s
Expandable Storage1TB Expansion Card
External StorageUSB 3.2 HDD SupportUSB 3.2 HDD SupportUSB 3.2 HDD Support
Optical Drive4K UHD Blu-ray Drive4K UHD Blu-ray Drive4K UHD Blu-ray Drive
Performance Target4K at 60fps – up to 120fps4K at 30fps – up to 60fps1080p at 30fps up to 60fps

If that wasn’t enough, the Xbox YouTube Channel also released a couple of videos detailing some key features in the Xbox Series X. Showing off their Loading Times, comparing it with the Xbox One X, and even their Quick Resume function. 

Loading Times Tech Demo
Quick Resume Tech Demo

Overall, I’m excited to see these new consoles really push themselves in what was once the most limiting platform for gaming, maybe even surpass that which PC can do. Though, of course, PC will always have better and better machinery that will come out – these next generation consoles already are in a league of their own, providing a gaming experience that would usually cost players thousands of dollars on PC. Regardless of all this, I’m happy to see the gaming world evolve, and especially with crossplay becoming more and more common, I do hope to see a unified front for console gaming. The real question here is, will Nintendo follow up as well? I suppose we’ll see.

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